Phase I Scholars

A drawing of the 2020 Scholars together.
Photo of Phase I and II Scholars and staff at pet night.

Nineteen Phase I Scholars completed their first DO‑IT Summer Study session at the University of Washington in July 2020. They learned about college life and prepared for college and careers. They continue to connect with each other and DO‑IT Mentors throughout the year. They use laptops, assistive technology, and the internet to support their academic studies, and they participated in sessions in exciting fields that include science, engineering, mathematics, and technology. After completing Summer Study 2020, these participants graduated to Phase II.

Angela, ‘20 Scholar

Hi, My name is Angela! I enjoy taking science and history classes at Mountlake Terrace High School and intend to go to college to get a master’s degree in biology and possibly chemistry, eventually practicing either in medicine or biochemistry. I also enjoy nature and animals and am part of the Eco Club. I have spinal muscular atrophy.

Anthony, ‘20 Scholar

Hello! I am Anthony. I attend Shorewood High School in Shoreline. I enjoy running, skiing, playing basketball, playing video games, and reading funny books. My favorite classes are math and Mandarin. I have autism, and I am interested in STEM field. After high school, I want to attend UW and get a job in technology.

Audrey, ‘20 Scholar

Hi, my name is Audrey, and I will be a junior at Redmond High School. I enjoy studying physical education and art--the latter because I can create cool things. After high school, I want a career involving art, possibly creating animated movies, TV shows, or games. I have autism. I will be attending Digipen through the Washington Network for Innovative Careers program. I was on the junior varsity (JV) swim team, was manager for the JV fastpitch softball team, and have been involved in 4H. I’m currently training my new Sussex Spaniel puppy.

Braxton, ‘20 Scholar

My name is Braxton, and I go to Ridgefield High School. My favorite classes have been Spanish, Advanced Placement (AP) composition, and AP chemistry. I hope to attend Western Washington University after I graduate high school to pursue a degree in computational linguistics. I have cerebral palsy. I enjoy writing and try to educate the people around me about disability through my writing and other forms of advocacy.

Charlie, ‘20 Scholar

My name is Charlie. I have cerebral palsy. I am a junior at Edmonds Woodway High School and live in Edmonds, Washington. I have two Saint Bernese Mountain dogs. I like to play power soccer with Seattle Adaptive Sports. I enjoy watching the NBA and NFL; my favorite teams are the Golden State Warriors and the Seattle Seahawks. My friends and I play Xbox together. When I go to college I want to study computers.

Clarice, ‘20 Scholar

My name is Clarice, and I attend Newport High School in Bellevue, where I like studying English, algebra, and chemistry. I enjoy listening to music, running, and walking neighbors’ dogs as a part time job. Growing up I moved around a lot as a military kid. In the future, I’m interested in being an elementary school teacher or a health care worker. I’m deaf.

Esteban, ‘20 Scholar

Hey, my name is Esteban, and I attend Quincy High School, where my favorite classes are ceramics, because I enjoy making things, and science, because I like to learn about the ins and outs of the human body. I enjoy soccer and video games. After high school, I want to attend a four-year college to study animation or game design; I hope to work for EA Sports as a game designer.

Ethan, ‘20 Scholar

Hi, I’m Ethan. I enjoy taking sports, history, and social studies courses at Sammamish High School. I am on my school’s swim team and I participate in journalism club. I also compete in Washington Special Olympics swimming, basketball, and soccer. I am the student manager of Newport High School’s football team. My other interests include cooking, singing, and traveling. I have autism, and I like to advocate for the disability community. I have joined the school’s PTSA to advocate at the state capitol; served as board member at the Bellevue Youth Theatre Teen Advisory Board, an inclusive youth theatre of the city; and currently serve as an Asian youth cultural ambassador to raise cultural awareness with The Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors. I can speak Mandarin Chinese and have traveled to Taiwan, Malaysia, and Singapore. After high school, I plan to attend college to prepare myself for a variety of potential careers, including sport media, sports management, digital music design, video production, and culinary arts. I would like to attend the University of North Texas for a degree in sportscasting. My dream job is to be a sportscaster and have my own studio and channel to share my passion in sports and music.

Iris, ‘20 Scholar

Hi, I’m Iris, and I am currently attending Quincy High School. I have a vision disability called nystagmus. I enjoy math, art, and science, and I particularly like hands-on projects and classes. After high school I plan on attending a four-year university to become a nurse or a police officer so that I can help people in my community.

Mallory, ‘20 Scholar

Hi all, my name is Mallory, and I enjoy taking American Sign Language and history classes at Sedro-Woolley High School. I have a learning disability. I enjoy working with kids and volunteering in the classroom, and I plan on becoming a teacher in early education.

Manuel, ‘20 Scholar

Hello! My name is Manuel, and I attend Eastside Academics. I like to listen to 90’s and 00’s music and write lyrics. I also do a lot of research and enjoy getting advice and being informed. I can struggle with my autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but I don’t want to be defined by that. I enjoy studying biology and health, and plan on becoming a therapist. I am also an aficionado of flowery words and try to seek chances to learn eccentric words. I also am interested in modern history and human rights. I am always learning from problems and accomplishments, and want to do my best to become a better Manuel (as compared to my past self, not compared to other Manuels).

Marcos, ‘20 Scholar

My name is Marcos. I go to Mountlake Terrace High School where I like to study computer science and chemistry. I’m interested in computer programming and plan to develop my own computer programs. I enjoy video games, chess, YouTube, and some card games. I have a learning disability.

Mariana, ‘20 Scholar

Hi! My name is Mariana, and I go to school at Summit Atlas Public School and have a learning disability. I enjoy studying math and English. After high school, I’m planning on attending a university and becoming a veterinarian, because I love working with animals.

Matthew, ‘20 Scholar

Hello, my name is Matthew, and I attend Raisbeck Aviation High School. I enjoy Science Olympiad and history. I have completed two Teen Police Academies, and I want to study criminal justice at Washington State University or Arizona State University. I have dyslexia.

Michael, ‘20 Scholar

Hi, my name is Michael, and I’m a senior at West Seattle High School. I plan to take a thirteenth year before college, and currently I’m starting my second Running Start course, Spanish, at North Seattle College. My favorite subjects are auto tech and ceramics; I love both because they are both very hands on-auto tech also allows me to engage with cars and repair, while ceramics lets me play with design and making art. I also hope to study auto engineering with clean, green energy. I am on the autism spectrum and have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which affects my executive functioning and attention.

Miles, ‘20 Scholar

My name is Miles. I enjoy taking journalism and statistics classes, and I currently am a senior at Inglemoor High School. I would like to attend the University of Washington to study history, statistics, and journalism. I am passionate about sports and would like to do sports journalism. I have Asperger syndrome and I had numerous heart operations when I was very young.

Mya, ‘20 Scholar

Hello! My name is Mya. I attend the Science and Math Institute, where I like studying math and science. I want to attend Colorado State University after I finish high school. I plan on studying to become a veterinarian in college and work with exotic animals. I have dyslexia.

Raelynn, ‘20 Scholar

Hello, my name is Raelynn. Last year I attended Leadprep in Phinney Ridge. This year, through the Robinson Center Early Entrance Program, I will be attending the University of Washington. I have dysgraphia, autism, and a handful of other learning disabilities. I enjoy conversations about anything STEM related. I plan to get a degree in bioengineering. I am transgender and my prefered pronouns are she and her.

Zayn, ‘20 Scholar

Hello! My name is Zayn, and I am deaf and wear bilateral cochlear implants. I am going to attend Running Start in the fall. I love studying math and science and solving problems algebraically. In the future I plan to become an audiologist. I can’t wait for all the opportunities to help others!